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The High King Lives

2015 Valentine’s Decor and Countdown February 2, 2015

In this post: Pinspired Valentine decor, Valentine’s countdowns, and links to past Valentine’s crafts.

Valentine's decorPrep

Hello dear ones! The countdown has begun. Soon it will be Valentine’s. I have plenty to share with you today as our family celebrates the month of love. Some of the decor you have seen before and I’ll share links to older posts. First, I want to share my latest craft endeavors. Most of them are pinspired (inspired by Pinterest). Here we go :).

Conversation Hearts Family Banner
Pinspired by http://www.cupcakediariesblog.com/2012/02/valentines-day-decor.html
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Heart Tree with hugs and kisses
Pinspired by http://www.moneyhipmamas.com/2014/01/cute-and-cheap-diy-valentines-day.html

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How do I love thee countdown (for Michael from me and the hubby)
Pinspired by: http://jonesdesigncompany.com/celebrate/how-do-i-love-thee-a-fun-diy-with-free-printable/

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Kiss Me Countdown (for Chris)
Pinspired by:http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2013/01/kiss-me-countdown.html

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Valentine’s Cross (a last minute craft ideas of my own)
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Now here are some oldies. You may remember this Valentine’s banner from the Dating Diva’s inspired date night last year.
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Date Night ideas:

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https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/valentines-2014-inspired-by-the-dating-divas/

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https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/my-family-rocks-sunday-date-night-ideas-valentines-goodness/

Valentine’s Luminary:

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https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/crafty-mondayfrance-country-study-valentines-snow-day/

Valentine’s in Paris inspired by That Artist Woman:

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https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/crafty-monday-gods-love-hearts-galore-plus-mardi-gras-celebration/

Conversation Hearts Centerpiece:

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Check out the link below to see what this looked like in it’s glory days lol.
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/my-family-rocks-sunday-valentine-decor-triple-birthday-celebration-making-old-dolls-new/

Medieval Felt playset:

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https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/crafty-monday-valentines-showcase/

I’ve got tons of free Valentine’s printables on my Pinterest:

We have more V-day crafts to come in the future so check back.
God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Crafty Monday Part 2: More Fall Crafts September 16, 2013

Hello dear ones, I hope you are well. I’ve got several Fall crafts to share with you: pillows, a family sign, and another fabulous centerpiece.

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  • “Give Thanks” centerpiece 

I found this idea online and you can see the links on my Pinterest at the end of this post.

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This was super simple to make. I painted wooden blocks of various shapes different Fall colors. Then I glued them together, modge podged it to seal them, and glued a bow to the top.

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  • Autumn Sign

This idea was actually original. I needed a Fall sign to replace my heart sign in the kitchen.  So I painted a wooden sign and added wooden owls to it.

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I hung the little wooden pieces by gluing the twine to the back. I put various Fall items on them. They don’t hang evenly but I guess that gives the sign character. Also I’m too lazy to pull off the glue.

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I just had to throw in a pic of my crazy cat.

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  • Owl pillows

I wanted more Fall pillows for the couch. I usually don’t sew but I couldn’t find the right pillows anywhere.

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So I found some gorgeous orange material with white dots on it. I bought some brown ribbon and little owl buttons.

You can tell from the zig zags that this is not professional.

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I stuffed the pillows and then I wrapped them with ribbon and sewed the ribbon to the pillow. I sewed the owl buttons to the center of the bow.  They’re not perfect but I’m very happy with them.  You’d think the button would make the pillows uncomfortable but actually they are very fluffy and nice. I often prop one behind my back.

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God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

PS: Here’s where I got inspiration for the sign:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/82824080619698752/

 

Crafty Monday Part 2: Forcing Autumn September 9, 2013

In this post: A Fall centerpiece, a personalized Fall wreathe, and Autumn decor. Homeschool fall craft links at the end.

Hello dear ones! I wanted to split up today’s post between fall crafts and what we’re doing in school. I’ve got several awesome Fall in the works. It may still feel like Summer…and technically be Summer but dog gone it I’m ready for Fall! So my house has already had the Autumn make over.

I started with this Autumn centerpiece. I got the idea here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/82824080619698749/ & here:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/82824080620624050/

I filled a glass vase with popcorn kernels and then put a candle inside. I hot-glued cinnamon sticks around the smaller candles and tied them together with twine.  The orange cloth was on sale at Joann’s fabric store.

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The Fall Biblical feasts have started and I’m so excited :). I love Sukkot! I put out our shofars for Trumpets. The real shofar was chewed up by a dog we had. So it doesn’t work anymore.

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The craft stores were having Labor day sales. I got several owl mugs. I really like owls :).

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Our kitchen window all ready for Fall. The owl picture frame is new. I still need to put a picture in it. The ceramic owl and small black cat were painted by Michael at a pottery store. We made the acorn picture frame last year.

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It just feels warm and comforting to have the color orange in my bedroom. I added an owl pillow to my Fall covers this year. Orange is my favorite color…for now.

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I replaced my porcelain doll with a scarecrow on top of the piano. I also have a pumpkin basket with fake corn in it, a vase filled with pumpkin potpourri, mini scarecrows, & fall flowers, and there’s a fake pumpkin that I may carve later for a diorama. I even have Fall lights. You’re getting the picture. I love Fall :). The lights are new and they have leaves, pumpkins, and corn on them. It’s perfect for celebrating the harvest.

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This tall lady scarecrow is new. I plan on sitting her in the doorway once Chris’ tools get moved to the new shed. She’s an indoor scarecrow and as tall as a child.

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Time to bring out my Autumn paintings. The one to the left is a painting I did of a farm.  I got my inspiration somewhere else but the work is my own.  On the right is a painting of our cat Chester when he was a kitten.  Our couch actually has a fall throw on it but I took a picture before hand. I have a couple of fall pillows. This one is of a turkey but I have one of pumpkins as well. I bought those pillows the morning before my Dad died. Yeah…bitter sweet.

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Personalized Fall Wreathe

I browsed several wreathes to form this idea. I took a styrofoam circle and wrapped it with orange ribbon. The ribbon says “Harvest blessings” or something like that. I made a brown bow and stick it on with a diamond pin. I wrapped a wooden letter “D” (for my last name) with brown and white ribbon. I hung it with twine from the center.

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I thought I’d have more to show you but I didn’t finish some of my crafts. I’ll have to show you my homemade signs next week and hopefully I can make fall pillows for the couch. I’m not good at sewing but I want to try.

Last year in homeschool, we did some really fun fall themed crafts. I hope you check them out.

We’re not as seasonally focused this year because we’re doing a lot of world history and geography. That makes me a bit sad. Michael is growing up and the crafts have to as well. I miss second grade :(. But at least I can do my own Autumn crafts and I’m sure I can sneak in a few fall crafts during homeschool before the season is over.

Yeah, we named one of our almost adopted twins that died, Autumn Grace. I wrote a story about the twins awhile back, Anywho, my daughter in Heaven (if she’s a girl) is named Autumn. So yeah…I’m kind of obsessed with this season. Most of my friends are too, so happy times are comin’ :).

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover